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  • Do you have a sludge problem?
    10/07/2020 0 Comments
    Do you have a sludge problem?

    Sludge. That word should give you an accurate mental image of what it is. Sludge is a black substance made up of dissolved and rusted metal from the pipe work of your boiler system, sometimes referred to as Magnetite.


    When air and water react with the steel inside your central heating system, sludge forms. It commonly forms and builds up in radiators and pipework until it eventually causes harmful effects to your boiler.Are you suffering with an inefficient central heating system? Radiators that don’t heat up properly? A noisy system? Or perhaps you need to keep replacing boiler parts.

    Common signs of sludge include:


    • Radiators are hot at the top, but cold at the bottom
    • Radiators require more frequent bleeding
    • Radiator pipework gets hot, but not the radiators themselves
    • Radiators don’t reach their required temperature
    • Boiler pump leaks or stops working entirely
    • Systems makes gurgling and kettling noises
    • Higher energy bills


    What happens if the Sludge builds up?


    Built up sludge can result in a restriction of water flow through the pipes and cause your boiler to overheat or shut down for good. You don’t want to let this happen as the cost of boiler replacements can be very expensive.


    How can I prevent Sludge build-up?


    By installing a Chemical Inhibitor, you can help reduce the rate of corrosion by slowing down the process and extending your boiler’s life. You can also use a Magnetic Filter to attract any sludge building debris from the pipework and system. These are best used together for the full effect. Magnetic filters and chemical inhibitors will not completely solve the problem but merely prolong the lifespan of your boiler. 


    The only way to fully remove sludge buildup is by having a powerflush process carried out on your system followed by the installation of the inhibitor and filter to prevent future buildup. Powerflushing is the process of forcing large amounts of water through the system at high speed on a low pressure.The sheer force and speed of the water will cause any sludge to be picked up and removed from the system effectively.

    Speak to one of our friendly engineers today and see how we can help with our boiler servicing, boiler repair and boiler installation services. Call us on 01752 695050.

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  • 24/06/2020 0 Comments
    A Step-By-Step Guide to Boiler Installations

    The words “Boiler installation” may sound like a complex, time-consuming undertaking, but our gas engineers make sure to have the job done as quickly, simply and effectively as possible. Let’s go through the process of what our engineers will be doing for your commercial or domestic boiler installation.


    1. Before work begins

    Firstly, your Gas Safe engineer will make sure to go through the basics with you, such as asking how many radiators and bathrooms you have, if you know your boiler’s current water pressure and what the positioning of the current boiler and flue is. They will then cover the floors and carpets surrounding the boiler, have all the right materials ready to start, adhere to all legislation, and make sure they leave no trace of their visit, other than leaving happy clients of course.

    2. Work begins

    As a starting point to put you at ease, engineers should have the job finished by the end of the day, if not earlier. Although if the boiler is a much older system than the currently installed one, or you’re completely changing boiler type, there may be some complications that cause the installation to run longer than usual, but the engineer should make that clear upon inspection.

    3. Get a fixed quote

    Boiler installation costs can be expensive and quotes can vary wildly, with a typical boiler installation costing anywhere between £3,000 and £5,000. They depend on whether it’s a basic like-for-like switch to a newer model, or a complete system change, with Powerflushes and additional pipework. Get a fixed price quote upfront to avoid any nasty surprises via our website.

    4. Getting the right documentation

    To comply with Building Regulations and Gas Safe rules, all Gas Safe businesses need to notify the local authorities whenever they install a new gas appliance. And they should give you a Building Regulations Certificate, as well as a completed Benchmark Certificate, to prove compliance. Be sure to query this if it doesn’t happen.

    5. What happens after the installation?

    Most reputable companies will offer you a guarantee on their services so make sure to check with our engineer or give us a call beforehand for peace of mind. You can also call us if you feel the engineer has done an unsatisfactory job and we’ll see what we can do. But with our Gas Safe engineers, you shouldn’t have to worry.

    And that’s the whole process! Hopefully you feel a more confident in going through with our boiler installation servicing, but as mentioned before, if you have any concerns or general questions please feel free to contact us on 01752 695050. We are continuing to provide the best boiler servicing, boiler repair and commercial heating in Plymouth. 

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  • 20/06/2020 0 Comments
    How to Save Hundreds of Pounds in 20 Minutes!

    “My boiler is heating the house so I don’t need to get it serviced, right?” Wrong.


    While your boiler may be still providing heat to your house adequately, it’s performance might have lowered over the last few months without you realising, meaning you’re getting less heat for the same price.

    Lets go over some of the other reasons why regular boiler servicing is essential.

    Peace of mind and protection for the whole family


    A faulty boiler can have harmful effects on your household. Carbon monoxide poisoning is a big risk with a faulty boiler and causes around 250 hospitalisations a year in England & Wales. Your boiler may seem fine now, but you don’t want to leave the servicing to the last minute, do you?

    During a boiler service, a Gas Safe registered engineer will check for leaks and issues, and will make sure the boiler is completely safe before leaving, helping to keep your family safe.

    Putting it off can have bad repercussions


    Any crack left unattended can result in more cracks in the future. The same can be said about your boiler.By having a regular boiler servicing, you can ensure your boiler is up to scratch and as a result, save money on future repairs. Our engineers will detect and fix any minor problems to help avoid future malfunctions and costly repairs rather than you leaving it for another month and it being costly.

    You could save money on your energy bills


    While servicing is an expense, it can be the difference between a small fee or a big fee in the future. The more efficient a boiler is, the less it costs to run.

    If you’re a landlord, it’s a legal requirement

    Landlords are required by law to have a qualified Gas Safe registered engineer annually visit their owned properties to conduct checks on any gas appliances and flues to ensure everything is up to regulations, including boilers. Keep in mind that landlords are not responsible for safety checks on any gas appliances owned by you, or any flues that solely connect to your own gas appliances.

    It only takes around 20 minutes

    20 minutes to save tons of money? Why didn’t you say so!
    Boiler servicing involves an engineer inspecting your boiler and its controls to make sure they’re working properly. They’ll then check for corrosion and leaks, correct gas pressure, and any unsafe fumes coming from the flues. Once finishing with their inspection, your engineer should leave you with a boiler checklist of information. Make sure you keep it safe for reference afterwards.

    You might void insurance policies if you don’t

    When taking out a boiler warranty or business insurance policy, you’ll find that some state that you are actually required to complete an annual service to ensure your boiler is safe, otherwise you may void these policies and be out of luck if a future issue does occur. Make sure to double check with your insurance provider just to be sure.

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  • 14/06/2020 0 Comments
    How to Get Your Central Heating Working Again

    Central heating system not working?

    Run through this handy checklist below to see if you can rectify the situation without the need to call an engineer.


    • Are the gas, electric and water supply turned on?
    • Is your house thermostat (if you have one) turned up?
    • Is the house thermostat clock timer on?
    • Is your boiler's pressure gauge (if you have one) at around 1 bar?
    • Has your boiler’s pilot light gone out?
    • Have you tried putting your heating on full to see if any heat comes?
    • Is your boiler timer set to the right time?
    • Has there been a power cut recently? Your central heating timer might have returned to its factory settings so you'll need to reset it
    • Is there a reset switch on the front of your boiler? Check your boiler manual for more information about using this switch.
    • The old reliable, have you tried turning the boiler on and off again?
    • Have your pipes frozen?
    • Check the pressure gauge on your boiler is set at 1 bar. There might be instructions on how to repressurise it on the side of your boiler, or check out these handy tutorials:



    IMPORTANT: If your boiler panel needs tools to remove it, don't touch it. Instead, book one of our engineers to take a look. Call us on 07740405281.
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  • 05/06/2020 0 Comments
    8 Ways To Improve Your Boiler's Efficiency

    Having an inefficient boiler can result in higher bills to pay and less heat than usual until the boiler just gives out completely. Thankfully we can help you get your boiler running to optimum capacity once more with a few simple checks and tweaks. Let’s go through them. 


    1. Arrange an annual service

    Boilers are an essential part of your home, and just like any essential item, you’ll want to have it checked regularly to ensure it’s still okay to be around or use. By receiving regular servicing from a Gas Safe registered engineer, your boiler will remain running safely and smoothly, stop minor problems before they become bigger ones, and ensure peace of mind year to year for you and your family.

    2. Keep your boiler clean

    It may seem minor, but dust can have a big impact on your boiler if left unattended. Removing dust can help prevent your boiler’s tubes and pipes from getting clogged up, thereby restoring its performance and reducing your heating bills.

    So the next time you decide to do a spring clean, don’t forget your boiler! Never attempt to clean your boiler’s interior yourself, this can be done by your Gas Safe registered engineer during the annual servicing.

    3. Bleed your radiators

    By bleeding your radiators regularly, you can improve your radiators’ heat efficiency and potentially result in cheaper bills too. If your radiators take a while to warm up or have cold spots at the top, they’ll need to be bled. If you are unsure on how to do this, check out this helpful video tutorial:




    4. Top up the pressure

    Have you ever checked the gauge on your boiler? It should read around 1.5 bar if the pressure is healthy. If it’s not within this margin then it’s time to tweak it or else your boiler will not be running efficiently. Check out this handy video for a guide on how to do this: 




    5. Use a Powerflush

    If you’ve bled your radiators but the cold spots and time to heat up still remains, it might be a result of sludge in your radiator’s pipe deposits. To avoid potential corrosion or worse issues, call over a Gas Safe registered engineer and have them perform a “Powerflush”. A Powerflushing unit sends water through your central heating system at high speed, dislodging any build-ups of sludge, rust and debris.

    6. Insulate your pipes

    In a similar way to your walls and roof, your boiler can be insulated too! Heat up your home more effectively, reduce heat loss, and keep water hotter for longer with foam tube lagging for your central heating pipes. These foam tubes are available at most DIY stores but can range in size, so make sure you know the size for your pipes, this is another thing an engineer can find out for you during their annual servicing.

    7. Turn the heating on

    By switching your heating on once a week during the warmer months for around 15 minutes, you can keep your boiler functioning as it should. A simple tip that could save you a lot of hassle in the future!

    8. Consider upgrading to a high-efficiency boiler

    If none of these tips combined has improved your boiler’s efficiency, it’s probably time to upgrade. Head to our website to receive a free quote, or give us a call on 07740405281.

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  • How to know when to call a Boiler Engineer
    27/05/2020 0 Comments
    Do you need to call a boiler engineer?

    Think your boiler is faulty but not sure if you need to call an engineer?


    Follow these simple steps first and afterwards you should be certain if you require any boiler servicing from us.


    Step One - Check the power and controls. If you have no power at all, or the controls are turned off, that’s a clear sign that you are in need of a boiler repair or boiler servicing. 


    Step Two - Check the reset button on your boiler. Most modern boilers come equipped with a reset button. They are usually located on the boiler’s display. This will be located near where the fault code is being displayed. See if the reset button has gone out or alternatively check if the pilot light is alight.


    Step three - Check the pressure. For boilers that have pressure like combination or “Combi” boilers, the pressure needs to be around 1 to 1.5 bar. If you’d like to know how to repressurise a boiler, check out this handy tutorial link:


     

    or if you are hesitant to carry this out yourself, please contact us and we will be happy to provide you with our boiler servicing or boiler repairs service. 


    If you’d like to learn more handy tips about boilers and heating, keep an eye on our blog for future updates, or head to our facebook page where we have posted YouTube tutorials in the past. 


    If after these checks, you are still unable to start your boiler or heating, feel free to call us on 07740405281

    We are carrying out emergency boiler repairs in Plymouth currently.

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  • Tips for using a Combi Boiler
    19/05/2020 0 Comments
    Tips for using a Combi Boiler

    A combination boiler is a space-saving alternative that delivers both hot water and heat on demand. Typically, combi boilers are a single unit hung on a wall with no water tanks needed. They can also be small enough to fit within a standard kitchen cupboard, making them one of the most compact and efficient options on the market today.


    As of 2005 when the new UK building regulations were introduced, any boiler installation that is carried out in the UK must now be condensing (water heaters fuelled by gas or oil). It is also compulsory that units can only be installed if they have a high-efficiency rating of 92%. This means they contain a Flue Gas Heat Recovery system allowing for heat to be captured from waste gases and preheating cold water from the mains as it enters the boiler, thus making better use of the heat they generate from burning fuels.

    Listed below are ways in which you can use your Combi Boiler more efficiently and in turn, reduce your carbon footprint whilst also saving on those pesky bills.

    Tip one – Only have your heating on when you need it. Using timers, alarms or even your thermostat app, you can keep on top of your heating usage and ensure it is only on when absolutely necessary! With combi boilers, you don’t need to worry about putting the heating on early to get the hot water ready. The hot water is available on demand! If you are going out for the day, make sure to turn it off before leaving as even though it would be nice to come back to a warm house, it is wasting energy and with the smartphone app you can turn it on just before you arrive back if really needed.

    Tip two – Invest in a smart thermostat. As mentioned above, the ability to alter your heating systems via your phone, tablet or other devices is a great time-saving and cost-effective investment for your home. Smart thermostats allow you to turn your heating on or off, operate temperature controls for multiple different rooms, track when you leave home and head back home, and enable safety and holiday modes to prevent any mishaps while you are away.

    Tip Three – Try a reduced temperature. Even a 1 degree difference could save you a fair amount across the year, so don’t stick to maximum heat all the time, wear more layers, have a hot drink sometimes and it can save you lots on your energy bills. Experiment with different temperatures and your body will adapt. The typical temperature found to be the most comfortable is on average between 18 and 21 degrees.

    Tip Four – Check your boiler controls. Combi boilers usually have some element of control from the units themselves allowing you to adjust the temperature of the water that also flows through, which will be circulating around the central heating system and out of the taps. The typical temperature found to suit homes the best is on average 75 degrees for central heating and 60 degrees for domestic hot water.

    Tip Five – Arrange boiler servicing regularly. Boiler servicing on regular occasions can not only give you peace of mind, but also ensure you are not losing out on any heat or using energy without your knowledge.

    If you need any emergency boiler servicing in Plymouth then please feel free to contact us on 07740405281. We can also educate you on our range of Commercial boilers.

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  • Different Types of Boilers
    14/05/2020 0 Comments
    Different Types of Boiler

    Deciding on a boiler can be confusing, as you need to choose an efficient option that fits your home and lifestyle. The information below shows the main types, how they work, their advantages, and what kind of homes they suit best!

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